With the Coronavirus sending children home for an undetermined amount of time to create social distancing, online coursework and lesson packets appear to be what many schools have decided are the best options to continue some form of learning. With this decision coming as quickly as it did, families were left scrambling to provide not only supervision but to create a learning environment at home.
For the typical student, online learning can be a challenge, but for the most part, projects will move forward, assignments will get completed, and papers written. There is great concern in the LD, ADHD community not only about losing valuable learning ground, but about the challenges an online learning environment presents. We know students with learning disabilities may struggle with reading, vocabulary, comprehension or written output without support. While some students are fortunate enough to have assistive applications available on their devices, many rely on Intervention support in school to navigate content. Students with ADHD often struggle with the executive functions necessary to accomplish academic tasks. Of these skills, we know organization, prioritization, planning, time management, self-motivation and regulation are necessary to successfully navigate the online learning environment independently.
How then, can families support the inherent challenges a student with LD or ADHD might have during the weeks they are asked to navigate learning at home? While it is clear, for many families, the first priority is to find some sort of supervision during the workday, the following recommendations may help to get the online assignments or packet work accomplished.
We know there will be challenges to online learning, but staying as structured as possible and setting daily routines will ease some of the challenge. Children thrive on consistency, structure, and routine. Keep this in mind as you set the structure for the coming weeks.
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